Grain Barge


Every Thursday night (and sometimes on other days) we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.

Doors open at 8pm.
Most nights, free entry.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7

Supported by Korev"Cornish Lager With Soul"



Thursday 21st July, 8pm, £8 adv from Bristol Ticket Shop and Wegottickets - buy tickets here

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. After beginning his show business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat, the Detroit native turned to the banjo and lit out for New York City where he rose to obscurity as "New York's angriest yodeling banjo player". Siting Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard.


Thursday 28th July, 8pm, Free Entry

The Happy Few are part of the ever-emerging wave of incredible young bands taking roots music and creating something new and exciting. Following the way paved by Alabama Shakes and Jack White, via the spirit of The Doors, their unique take on soul/rock music uses heavy rhythm and dark atmosphere. With a giant hip hop/soul feel in the grooves, the guitars weave from explosive blues dominance to subtle atmospheric soundscaping, to compliment Alex Wilshaw’s incredibly haunting vocals.



Thursday 4th August, 8pm, Free Entry

Famous for serving up a red-hot, riff-tastic display of raw surf instrumentals by such legends as Dick Dale and Link Wray (among many others), the Dukes of Mumbai are guaranteed to get the party started and elevate the street credibility of everyone who fall under their spell.

The Dukes of Mumbai are:
Dale Pinkerton – on the guitar
Dick Sapparel – on the bass
Johnnie Luxembourg – also on the guitar
Anton O’Farrell – mostly on the drums



Thursday 11th August, 8pm, Free Entry

The Man and The Lake is a four piece Balkan Folk band from Bristol. Their sound is inspired by Balkan music from southeastern Europe mixed with traditional folk music. The band is composed of Mattia Maragno, singer and guitarist; Jack Cookson, double-bassist and backing vocals; Nic Burn on the drums; and Celeste Cantor-Stephens on the trumpet. The Man and The Lake started as a singer-songwriter project in 2012 when Mattia moved to Bristol and released the first EP: 'Another Wolf'. During his time in Bristol he met Jack, and after a few months as a duo Nic and Celeste joined them. The band's first single 'Gypsy Heart' is to be released on the 3rd of June 2016, with 'In the Name of a Bullet' as a B-side. The Man and The Lake is working on a full album and performing regularly in Bristol and UK.



Thursday 18th August, 8pm, Free Entry

With the crispest of rhythm sections – Neil Smith (guitar), Pasquale Votino (bass) and Roberto Nappi (Drums) – saxophonist Dino Christodoulou weaves his own soundtrack ranging from classic modern jazz to Cypriot wedding dances and Greek traditional tunes, all explored in a spirit of free improvisation.



Thursday 25th August, 8pm, Free Entry

Formed in 2012 to arrest the alarming decline in middle class gangster rap groups, Whitemanferno bring you their unique take on hip-hop, funk, and party classics. With only one member over 30, and a ringing endorsement from their Mums, these four Bristolian lads present a set full of surprises, from Snoop to Stevie, and Cameo to Coolio.



Thursday 1st September, 8pm, Free Entry

The Relay Rips perform upbeat & horn-fuelled folk-rock, skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll. After forming to pay off a parking ticket in 2008 The Relay Rips continue to write & perform in pubs, clubs & festivals around the UK.
The band’s first release in 2010 was the album “Oh Touché”. This debut album launched with a rocking show narrowly attended by a front man who was days earlier stranded in Europe when an Icelandic volcano erupted. Oh Touché was mostly recorded live in Bristol’s Toy Box studio & in part in the living room of a friend, to catch the bands early low-fi ethos and energetic live sound.
Over the following year more songs & styles were introduced to develop a more rounded 90 minute show and complete the second album “Clementine Valentine”. The Rips returned to Toy Box studios to record once again but this time with greater imagination and a larger stereo vision. The album “Clementine Valentine” is scheduled for release in September 2012.